SLCL Talking Research

Get to know our staff and find out more about their research interests and current research.

Dr Siobhan Donovan

I graduated with a BA (Mod. Hons.) in German and French from Trinity College Dublin in 1989, and obtained my PhD in 1997 (with a thesis on the intellectual collaboration between two eighteenth-century German thinkers: Matthias Claudius and Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi). During both my undergraduate and postgraduate studies, I spent some time studying abroad: as … Continue reading Dr Siobhan Donovan

Assoc Prof Ursula Fanning

Ursula Fanning completed her first degree in French and Italian at UCD, as well as her Master’s degree in Italian. She completed her Ph.D. in Italian (on the writings of Matilde Serao) at Reading University and, while studying there, taught at the University of Reading, University College London (Royal Holloway and Bedford New College), the … Continue reading Assoc Prof Ursula Fanning

Professor Mary Gallagher

Studies I completed my undergraduate studies in French and German at Trinity College Dublin (BA Mod) and my postgraduate studies at the Université de Paris VII, Denis Diderot (DEA) and the Université de Paris VIII, Vincennes-Saint-Denis (Doctorat ès Lettres). I held a research studentship at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris for three years and my doctoral studies were also … Continue reading Professor Mary Gallagher

Assoc Prof Maria-Rosario Hernandez

Name: Rosario Hernández School: Languages, Cultures and Linguistics (Spanish and Portuguese Section) Current Position: Associate Professor, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, University College Dublin Biography I am Associate Professor in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics. My primary degree was in Education and I also hold a B.A. and M.A. in Hispanic Studies. I … Continue reading Assoc Prof Maria-Rosario Hernandez

Dr Francesco Lucioli

Francesco Lucioli graduated at the University of Rome Sapienza, where he obtained his doctorate in 2012 with a thesis focused on the evolution of the topic of Cupid bound and disarmed, between literature and art, from the Classical world to the Eighteenth century. This work was awarded the prize for the best PhD thesis discussed … Continue reading Dr Francesco Lucioli

Prof Bettina Migge

Bettina Migge is Professor of Linguistics in the UCD School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics and since September 2016 she has been Head of the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics. She previously served as Interim Director of the UCD Applied Language Centre (2012-1013) and was Head of Linguistics (2008-11; 2016-2017). She studied at the … Continue reading Prof Bettina Migge

Feargal Murphy

Since 1996: Lecturer in Linguistics, UCD 1994 – 1996: Research Fellow, Linguistics, UCD Previously lectured in KUL, Lublin, Poland and JPte, Pécs, Hungary SEE FULL RESEARCH PROFILE  

Assoc Prof Máire Ní Chiosáin

Máire Ní Chiosáin studied for her BA in Linguistics and Irish at UCD, spent a year at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Trondheim, and completed her PhD dissertation entitled Topics in the Phonology of Irish at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She returned to a position in the then Department of Linguistics … Continue reading Assoc Prof Máire Ní Chiosáin

Assoc Prof Emer O’Beirne

After completing my BA (Mod.) in German and French at Trinity College Dublin, I spent a year studying critical theory at the University of California (Irvine) before completing my doctorate at the University of Oxford (Wolfson College). After two more years working as a lectrice at the University of Paris-Nanterre (Paris X),  I took up … Continue reading Assoc Prof Emer O’Beirne

Dr Sandrine Peraldi

I hold a Master’s degree in Language industry and specialised translation as well as a Master’s degree and a PhD in Theoretical, Descriptive and Automatic Linguistics at Paris Diderot University, with a specialisation in terminology, corpus linguistics and language for specific purposes. As ISIT’s former Research Director over a decade, I was in charge of … Continue reading Dr Sandrine Peraldi

Assoc Prof Siofra Pierse

Dr Síofra Pierse is Associate Professor in French and Francophone Studies in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at UCD Dublin (c/o A310 Newman Building, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland). She may be contacted at her UCD email address (siofra.pierse @ She specialises in 18th-century French literature and history of ideas, particularly Voltaire’s historiography. … Continue reading Assoc Prof Siofra Pierse

Dr Tara Plunkett

My research focuses on Spanish and Latin American artists’ use of the Surrealist aesthetic in works of self-fashioning. In investigating canonical figures such as Federico García Lorca and Rafael Alberti in tandem with lesser-known painters like Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington, my research traces a chronological and geographical evolution of self-fashioning on the margins of Surrealism. … Continue reading Dr Tara Plunkett

Dr Gillian Pye

After completing my PhD at the University of Sheffield in 1998 I was employed as temporary Assistant Lecturer in German at UCD before being appointed to a permanent position in the year 2000. My work focuses on twentieth century German literature and society and I am especially interested in prose literature since the fall of … Continue reading Dr Gillian Pye

Prof Vera Regan

Undergraduate degree (BA) in UCD, Postgraduate degrees in UCD (MA) and Université de Provence (Doctorat-ès-Lettres, Linguistics). Full Professor of Sociolinguistics. Areas of research: sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, applied linguistics, sociolinguistic competence. Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellowship Project (2009-2010): “Language, identity and interculturalism in Ireland”, funded by IRCHSS. The project used sociolinguistic models to provide … Continue reading Prof Vera Regan

Dr Jeanne Riou

I have been a Lecturer in German at UCD since 1998. My research interests are in Continental Philosophy (especially German Philosophy); Cultural Theory; German literature of the Enlightenment, Romantic and Modernist periods; Intellectual History and Aesthetics. In 2009-2010, I was holder of an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship and based at the Institute for Cultural Studies, Humboldt-University … Continue reading Dr Jeanne Riou

Assoc Prof Douglas Smith

After studying French and German at Oxford, I completed a doctorate on the French reception of the work of Friedrich Nietzsche at the same university in 1992. This formed the basis of the monograph Transvaluations (1996), a project accompanied by two translations of books by Nietzsche into English (On the Genealogy of Morals and The … Continue reading Assoc Prof Douglas Smith

Dr Sabine Strumper-Krobb

Sabine Strümper-Krobb is lecturer in German at UCD, Dublin. She obtained her PhD from Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, where she was involved in the initial phase of the special research institute for Literary Translation Studies, and has been teaching in UCD since 1993. Her research focuses on Translations Studies, German modernism and German-Scandinavian Literary Relations. She is … Continue reading Dr Sabine Strumper-Krobb

Dr Pascale Baker

After an undergraduate degree in post-colonial literature at the University of Kent at Canterbury and an MA in Latin American Studies at Sheffield, I completed my PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2011 with a thesis on the representation of bandits and banditry in Latin America. My research has since been published with the … Continue reading Dr Pascale Baker

Assoc Prof Derval Conroy

1994: Graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BA (First Class Hons) in French and English. 1994/ 95: Étudiante étrangère à l’École normale supérieure de Fontenay Saint-Cloud 1995: DEA (Lettres françaises) at the Université de Paris III – la Sorbonne nouvelle 2001: PhD, Trinity College Dublin 2008: Diploma in Third-Level Teaching and Learning, UCD Lecturer … Continue reading Assoc Prof Derval Conroy